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The ability to identify, attract and secure great talent is based on knowledge. Knowing the who's, the how's, the why's arms the talent seeker to lock onto the best ones and keep hold of them. Andy is a marketing tragic - he devours everything about it - theory, commentary, activations, outcomes, opinions (the more direct or controversial the better) - you name it, he absorbs it. Yep, he's the one who stays glued to the TV during the ad breaks. This enables him to understand exactly what elements of your proposition to promote, in order get a solid hold of the perfect candidate for you. In the ever increasing war for talent, it pays to be an apex predator.
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If you already know Andy you will appreciate the irony of this picture - hint: his nickname at school was The Shrew! However what the giraffe does symbolise is the value of deep specialisation and focus. Hire Aspirations is the most T-shaped of recruitment businesses. We only cover marketing. So our knowledge of the market as a whole is pretty sketchy but our knowledge of the marketing market enables us to reach and engage with talent that generalists don't even know about.
We are continuously mapping out key markets and segments to ensure we know who is doing what and who is doing it well. Our definition of marketing includes: advertising; brand; category; content; CRM & loyalty; customer journey; data & analytics; digital & social; e-commerce; events; general marcomms; innovation & NPD; insights; marketing leadership; marketing operations; marketing strategy; martech management; partnership marketing; product marketing; retail marketing; segmentation; shopper marketing; and sponsorship.
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Our Results

We have earned our stripes over MANY years and are proud of all the appointments we have made - even more so, of the tenure associated with them. We are here for the long haul and are driven by career moves not short term job-hops. Recent examples of clients who have entrusted us to handle key appointments include: Greencross/Petbarn, Optus, Volt Bank, KFC, Camilla, R.M. Williams, Avenue Bank, Michael Hill and MacQuarie University. We'll leave the rest of our chest-beating to those kind enough to have said a few words...
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The best compliments are not the ones you pay to yourself!

Liisa Kalliomaki
Liisa Kalliomaki
Director of Brand, MacQuarie University

​I have engaged with Andy as both candidate and client and can highly recommend him from both perspectives. He is a high calibre professional in his field of expertise. He is very well connected, has a sixth sense to spot great talent and truly understands his clients’ business. When I worked with Andy as a candidate, he provided invaluable advice on how structure my career and, as a result of our cooperation, I landed my dream job. Last but not least Andy has a brilliant sense of humour and is a great guy to work with.

Amanda Fiddes
Amanda Fiddes
Executive Manager, Business Marketing, Commonwealth Bank

​I’ve had the pleasure of working with Andy as a candidate for several years throughout my marketing career. Andy is a trusted advisor and has been a valuable sounding board to approach regarding career path progression. He is incredibly well connected to top tier brands and hiring executives, has a deep understanding of the market and is able to connect career objectives to unique opportunities. Always offers a genuine, authentic and personalised experience, I can’t recommend Andy more highly.

Nick Adams
Nick Adams
Chief Customer Officer, Greencross/Petbarn

Andy is not your typical leader in the recruitment industry - many leaders and brands in this category have come and gone, but Andy has built a solid reputation for great candidate care and client excellence over an extended period.  Well respected in the industry and with deep connections to many clients and candidates,  Andy has an excellent reputation in achieving results.   I would have no hesitation commending Andy to both potential candidates and employers alike.

Renee Howie
Renee Howie
Marketing Director, AMP

I have worked with Andy as a candidate and client for seven years and let’s just say, he gets it. He took the time to understand what I was looking for in candidates, and was relentless in ensuring he found the right solution. He has great connections in many markets and has found me amazing people both from Australia and offshore. He’s a sound judge of character, tells it straight, and cares about finding the very best outcome. On top of that he is a good guy – a real sense of humour and I can honestly say I trust him. (Candidate and Client at PWC, CBA and Optus)

Jane McNally
Jane McNally
Chief Executive Officer, Camilla

We recently sought to find the perfect Marketing Director for the Camilla Tribe and we asked Andy’s advice. His suggested line-up was swift and perfectly matched to our requirements and we were delighted with our eventual appointment. Andy’s refusal to take any payment, due to post-employment restrictions speaks volumes for his integrity. A really genuine, likeable individual with a quick wit. I would thoroughly recommend “Hire Aspirations” and wish Andy and his team the very best of luck!

Ben Simmons
Ben Simmons
GM Marketing & Ops, Taco Bell (Restaurant Brands Australia)

I have known Andy a long time both as a colleague and a trusted advisor as far as my career is concerned. He is knowledgeable, well connected and easy to work with. He calls things as they are and works in the genuine interests of both parties to ensure a great outcome for everyone. He is solution oriented and his curiosity and creative thinking will find results where others may have long since given up. He never over-promises but frequently over-delivers.

Nerida Wolfers
Nerida Wolfers
Managing Director, Virgin Active

We appointed our Marketing Director through Andy and he was great to work with. He really took the time to get under our skin and understand what makes us unique – he even went to experience some of our classes! The end result was a very strong shortlist and a high calibre hire. He knows his niche and that knowledge, when combined with his integrity and plain talking, makes him a highly valued partner. 

Sarah Murdoch
Sarah Murdoch
Head of International Market Development, V2 Food

I trust Andy. He may not have placed me (yet) and he may not have even recruited for me (yet) but his knowledge, sincerity and approachability make him a go-to advisor when it comes to planning my own career or finding top marketing talent for my team.

Richard Hindle
Richard Hindle
Principal Recruiter, Uber, Singapore

I worked with Andy extensively at CBA as we looked to build a new marketing team within a specific area of the bank. We formed a really productive partnership that yielded some outstanding results. He went to great lengths to unearth exactly what we needed and this kept our internal client very happy. Andy’s market knowledge, networks and depth of understanding were second to none…he was a fun and decent guy to deal with too. 

Karen Phipson
Karen Phipson
General Manager - Growth, Australian Unity

I have engaged Andy and his team over a number of years to recruit junior and senior level marketers in the telco and health sectors. On each occasion, he has perfectly interpreted the brief, reacted swiftly and made the experience enjoyable. He is particularly gifted at finding stand-out candidates that wouldn’t have been sourced any other way. On a personal front, he is also a great sounding board – impartial, knowledgeable, insightful and he calls a spade a spade.

Victoria Primrose
Victoria Primrose
Group Head of Marketing, Rawson Group

I really enjoy working with Andy as he is a very genuine person and always on the ball. What's unique about him is that he is fantastic to work with from both sides of the fence; whether helping with recruitment or helping you find the next role - he genuinely cares about the longevity of the relationships on both sides and is very good at finding the right fit between potential employee and company. In my experience, this can be a rarity in the world of recruitment. (client and candidate at Aurora Expeditions).

Scott Schroeder
Scott Schroeder
Director, Talent Acquisition, North America, Luxottica

Business Partner and Subject Matter Expert are thrown around far too easily in recruitment but Andy Rouse is both. I have known Andy as a trusted colleague and a client for over a decade and his knowledge and understanding of career management and talent attraction within marketing (including digital and e-commerce) is outstanding. He is thorough, ethical, insightful and resourceful and he delivers win-win results. For a Brit he’s got a pretty good sense of humour too!

Sarah Roberts
Sarah Roberts
Global Marketing Director, BAI Communications

I have worked with Andy as both a client and a candidate for the last four years and can happily say that he knows his stuff, tells it as it is and he works hard to find great solutions. His assessments of people are insightful and usually spot on, so you can trust his judgement. I have no hesitation recommending Andy from either side of the fence.

Victoria Cawley
Victoria Cawley
(former) Talent Acquisition Manager, The Fred Hollows Foundation

I have worked with Andy on several occasions during my time at Fred Hollows and have always found him to be very thorough, resourceful and accommodating. He is straight-talking, very honest and offers deep insights into his niche specialism of marketing and communications. He is fun to work with and is my go-to person not just to recruit but to bounce ideas off or to sound out for market information.

John Winter
John Winter
Chief Executive Officer, ARITA

Andy is one of those few recruitment professionals who genuinely thinks outside the box – and I’m a direct beneficiary of that. Andy approached me with a career-changing role, one I would never have considered but that Andy had recognised suited me perfectly. I’ve also had the pleasure of working alongside Andy and seeing his absolute dedication to achieving great outcomes for his clients. He knows his market intimately, he innately understands how to identify and match talent and he’s passionate about what he does.

Jacinta Bullock (Crabtree)
Jacinta Bullock (Crabtree)
Former Group Executive, Brand and Stakeholder, Australian Institute of Management

Andy’s intuition when sending me candidates was unlike any recruiter I’d work with previously. One of the roles he recruited, I hired the very first person he sent to me! The process of working with Andy was seamless and successful. I’ve referred many clients and candidates to Andy based on my initial two dealings with him and continue to stay in touch with Andy for advice, recruitment and referrals. He has become a wonderful associate and is a genuinely great person to know and deal with.